Alex Trebek, Revered Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ for 36 Years, Dies at 80

Alex Trebek, Host of Jeopardy

Alex Trebek, the beloved host of gameshow “Jeopardy!” since its 1984 debut in syndication, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

The official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account announced the news on Sunday morning, writing: “‘Jeopardy!’ is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”

Trebek revealed in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with Stage Four pancreatic cancer. “I have lived a good life, a full life and I’m nearing the end of that life,” he told USA Today in October. Sony has confirmed that “Jeopardy!” episodes hosted by Trebek will air through Dec. 25, and his last day in the studio was Oct. 29. “Jeopardy!” is not announcing plans for a new host at this time.

Sources: Variety and USA Today